The Honda CR-V is a compact SUV (now called crossover in North America), manufactured since 1995 by Honda. It was loosely derived from the Honda Civic. There are discrepancies as to what "CR-V" stands for. Honda sales literature in UK reportedly made references to "Compact Recreational Vehicle". Other Honda references (including the official Honda Japan CR-V Fact Book and Honda Worldwide) cite "Comfortable Runabout Vehicle". It is produced in both four-wheel drive and front-wheel drive, with availability differing by market.
The CR-V is Honda's smallest SUV other than the related Element sold in Canada and the United States, and the HR-V sold in Europe. In size, the CR-V slots between the Element and Pilot, but due to the Element's discontinuation during the 2011 model year, the CR-V has regained its status as Honda's entry-level SUV.
The CRV utilizes Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering front structure. All CR-V models come standard with a backup camera.